Pizza smells great, looks tasty, and is a delectable treat for many dog owners. It can be extremely tempting to cave to canine pressure when the pizza is delivered, especially as you have your fill and get down to the crusts, but most pizzas contain a litany of low quality ingredients, many of which have the potential to cause damage to your dog. It might be tempting to throw them a morsel from the box, but it is best to completely avoid feeding this type of food to your beloved pet.
Is Pizza Safe for Dogs?
Pizza is not considered safe for dogs and should not be fed to them. Whether store bought, homemade, or straight from the delivery driver, your pizza is likely to contain cheese, be rich in sodium, and also have other ingredients that are potentially hazardous for your dog.
Even if your dog does not suffer the ill effects of eating these ingredients, there is no nutritional value, and this means that your dog will be eating empty calories. If they eat too many empty calories, they will gain weight and become deficient in various vitamins and nutrients that are important to their continued good health.
Are There Any Health Benefits?
Whether there are any health benefits to pizza does depend, at least a little, on the ingredients and the toppings. Pizza is heavily processed food and, as a rule, you should completely avoid giving your foods that have been over-processed. Even if there are healthy sounding toppings on the pizza, the way they have been prepared means that they are likely to have lost most of the key nutrients they contain. Even if there are any health benefits to the toppings, it is best to avoid giving your dog pizza at all.
Ingredients to Avoid
You should not feed your dog pizza and it is unlikely that there are any healthy ingredients. In fact, many of the ingredients commonly found in pizza could be dangerous for your dog, but especially the following:
Can Dogs Eat Pizza?
Any food that has been processed and prepared for human consumption should not be given to dogs. This is especially true of pizza which is packed full of potentially lethal ingredients such as sodium, garlic, and onion. What’s worse is that some of these ingredients are well hidden and don’t even appear in the toppings list. You should not feed pizza to your dog, and this includes the crust which is little more than a concoction of carbohydrates and sodium.
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